Hey everyone it’s been awhile since I’ve updated! Really sorry about that, I was too excited about winter break and before that was finals week and like everybody else in college, I didn’t have time to do anything but procrastinate by going onto tumblr and working frantically until the wee hours of the morning. Since I’ve handed everything in this should be a big post that’s going to recap all the final projects I handed in before the break started.
My studio and seminar class are kind of interlinked, so the project for both classes were combined into one big project. For our final project, I made a stop motion video (studio) and a script that goes with the animation (seminar).
The background of the animation was based on the drawing of the Virgin Mary I did a few classes ago. You could watch the video here. I got really good grades for these two classes, so I guess the all nighters paid off:)
Time (video/media class)
Remember that video that was in the last post? That was my final project, but I revised it a little, and added music. I also added in the credits so the video looks a bit more professional and all. :p
As you can see the video’s called “The Dystopia Within”; and the theme of the video is the superficial attitude people acquire to hide their vulnerability. It’s cliche, I know. But that was the only theme I could think of that gave me an excuse to go out when I was supposed to be working, I mean, who would rather be working when you could go out and have a good time (and meet cute guys)?
Anyways. You could watch the whole thing here. I don’t know the grade for this class yet, sadly.
SPACE AND MATERIALITY (I.E. SHIT-MAKING AND MONEY-WASTING)
I have spent the most time, money and effort in this class. This class is all about technical drawing and making technical things which is really not my kind of thing, but I tried. I don’t have a picture of the final project, but what I can tell you is that if I had to use one word to describe the thing my friend and I made for this class, it would be “laughingstock”. We started working on it 3 in the afternoon, took a break, started again at 9, had at least 5 cigarette breaks from then till we were done, I collapsed once, my friend laughed for 15 minutes straight. We stayed up until 6 in the morning to finish it, and ended up being 2 hours late to the critique. The thing was made out of fused trash bags and we used plastic rods to prop it up so it was a bit like a tent (but not really). The original plan was to make a dome out of thin vinyl for the roof so people could use as a stargazing tent.
It didn’t work.
We ended up sewing the vinyl onto the plastic so it was a bit like the canopies outside shops. What made it worse was that we didn’t have enough vinyl to cover the whole tent so we decided to attach it to half of the tent and leave half of it open as “breathing space”.
I got a B for this class. It was expected, of course. What more could I ask for? The money I spent on the materials back? At least I didn’t get a B-, or a C+. That would’ve been horrible. But the whole experience was fucking hilarious, I had a great time with my friend trying to put the whole stargazing tent together (we gave it a name, too. She’s called Gertrude and she now resides with all the other rejected projects in the landfill.)
Some updates on what I’ve been up to since my winter break started:
I made 1 1/2 tote bags (1/2 because one of them’s missing straps)
That’s the completed bag; it’s black (like 90% of the clothes I have in my closet)! I’ve never sewn before, so it’s all pretty new to me. I also made 2 clutches which are probably going to be Christmas presents; I didn’t take pictures of them but I will later!
I’ve also been practicing painting by hand a little, because I have a feeling that I would be doing a lot of that in the future, so I might as well prepare myself. All this is gouache on wood.
This is a Christmas present for my uncle, his cat died last month so I painted him this.
This one’s for my aunt, it actually has no meaning; it’s just a doodle. Remember the triangle shape things I constantly draw? I just made it fancier and all. It doesn’t look decent, really. But I don’t care, if I didn’t paint something I would have to buy her a school shirt and I spent that money on a backless bra. Oops.
This is something I’m working on which I’m quite proud of:) It’s inspired by Audrey Kawasaki (as you could see from the choice of media and the bedroom eyes the girl has), and a few other illustrators I really look up to. I don’t know if I’m going to keep this or if I’m going to give it to someone.
I hope everyone’s having a lovely break, and I hope you all a merry christmas! I’m going to be in Boston for around a week, so I’ll probably update when I’m back with pictures!